ice wine

noun
plural ice wines

Definition of ice wine

: a sweet wine made by pressing frozen grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine before being harvested : eiswein Records indicate the first ice wine pressing occurred in the German region of Franconia, in 1794, when an unusually early frost greeted surprised vintners with a frozen crop of grapes.— Jeff Morgan One of the world's most exotic potions is ice wine, a delicious sweet wine that is rare, difficult to make and eagerly sought by connoisseurs. It is the product of frozen grapes intentionally left on the vines long after the normal harvest and then harvested after a solid frost.— Terry Robards

Examples of ice wine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raise a glass to the memories made over a glass of the popular Canadian varietal, ice wine. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 14 June 2022 Head there in mid to late summer for the latest crop, or, for those adventurous enough, go over the winter months to catch the ice wine harvest with your closest friends. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2022 Many wineries in more temperate climes make ice wine from grapes frozen after harvest. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 There are a number of great wines available at Viento’s tasting room, from a dry sherry-style aperitif to a stunning riesling ice wine from the 2009 vintage. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 Nov. 2021 While there, Camila spends time with her mother, Sunny and sister' Beth, who manages the local winery for Camila's former ice wine mentor, Henry. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 The harvest typically starts in the fall, but the bunches destined to become ice wine must hang on for a little longer. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 While there, Camila spends time with her mother Sunny (Maria delMar) and sister Beth (AnnaMaria Demara), who manages the local winery for Camila's former ice wine mentor, Henry (Richard Fitzpatrick). Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Believing in the importance of preserving the magic of 'Christmas in a bottle,' Camila shares with Declan her passion for Christmas and what an authentic ice wine harvest can bring. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ice wine

1953, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Ice wine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ice%20wine. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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